For this traffic issue, I believe that I would entirely get rid of that huge, gray wall. Yet, I would leave the benches due to the fact that I know people wait there for busses and they probably will need places to sit. This will make the space much more roomy and there will be enough space for multiple people to walk through, rather than squeeze through that small space.
Artist: Brittany Waters
Media: Ceramics, photography
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Brittany Waters is a fourth year here at CSULB. She is currently working on her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts, specifically focusing on Ceramics. She really has a feel for clay and describes it as something she’s able to express herself through. After graduating, her plans are to shoot for a masters somewhere in Oregon. Upon speaking to Waters, she explains how she was inspired by when she first moved to California. She was interested in the beaches and on top of that, she wanted to raise awareness about the turtles by the San Garbiel River. Humans have invaded their space and hopefully, through social media, it will raise awareness.
In this exhibit, #morethanasandbox, there were approximately 118 hand made ceramic turtles. She explained how it took about three hours to make each turtle. She has items displayed such as palm trees, sand, some photography pieces, a beach chair, and many more. With these items, it truly enhances your experience and interests the viewer. Waters hopes that this makes humans more aware of the issue and hopefully are more careful the next time they choose to liter.
She believes that she has a voice for the sea turtles. The beaches in California are much more different than the ones in Hawaii. It seems to be more in the presence of human activity. With that being said, it is much more polluted with unnecessary items that are harming the sea turtles. This exhibit allows the viewer to see how it would be like if baby sea turtles were actually able to live on the beach.
This exhibit was well put together and it was amazing how she was able to use it to raise awareness of the issues going on. For myself, I was unaware that baby sea turtles were going extinct, and after viewing this, it makes me want to educate my friends as well. Hopefully it opens other people’s eyes about this issue.
Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Media: Dolls, drawers, piano, closets,
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Dolce Soledad Ibarra is currently studying at CSULB to earn her degree in the Bachelors of Fine Arts. She was originally a drawing/ painting major but eventually switched over to sculpture. Most of her inspiration comes from her culture. She is originally from Chino Hills and already received her Associate’s Degree in drawing and painting and Rancho Cucamonga CC.
Recuerdo translates to memories in Spanish. Walking through this exhibit, you see many dolls and some things that give it an ”antique” feel. She explains how some of these are objects shared with her aunt that passed away not too long ago. I believe each of the items displayed in this exhibit triggers some memory or has some story to it.
Ibarra explains how each of these objects mean something to her. Although she calls her aunt a ”hoarder”, it was something that comforted her. She explains before her aunt had nothing, and now she uses it as something to have a physically display of having something for her aunt. I believe we all have some things we can never find ourselves throwing away, no matter how little use it has. Yet, even that small thing probably contains some memory or sentimental value that we would like to keep in order to remind ourselves about it.
I really enjoy viewing exhibits with more physical items, they’re more pleasing to look at. Upon speaking to Ibarra, she mentions how these items were just something her aunt left behind and her family had no idea what to do with them. Of course, they didn’t have the heart to just toss it. I’m glad that this was an exhibit I felt like I could relate to on a personal level since there are some items that are just collecting dust in my room, and I have this urge to throw it away; until I think about all the memories associated with it.
When I first heard”finger painting”, I instantly get a little disgusted since it is messy. I am someone who is not fond of getting dirty. Thus, I thought of an alternative. My friends and I were snacking on some chocolate mushrooms and thinking of what to paint with the colors orange, red, and white. So, the first thought is the sun and we mixed all the colors together. It came out to be a nice orange! Next, I was just about to use my fingers until we looked at the wrappers and instantly thought we should use those as “gloves” in order to finger paint. It was a fun experience since I enjoy playing with paint.. but I just don’t like getting dirty!
I got to meet a nice girl named Grace for this weeks’ classmate conversation. Of course, Donovan was sitting right next to me so he just joined in our talk. What we mainly talked about was where we were from and whatnot. She’s from Irvine and commutes here, it takes her about 30 minutes in order to get to school. What is unfortunate though is the traffic to get here, which makes her wake up way earlier than she needs to in order to get here on time. She’s also a speech-pathology major and chose CSULB due to her major. I thought that was interesting because speech pathology was something I was once interested in when I was exploring majors. Some things she enjoys doing for fun is eating and hanging out with friends. I found out that she works at CoCo Ichibanya, which is a curry house place in Irvine. I always go to that plaza it’s located in (Diamond Jamboree)!
Artist: Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek
Exhibition: Doodles in Space
Media: Tissue paper
Gallery: Werby Gallery
Instagrams: @juliaanaa22b, @tidawhitney
For this week’s artist conversation, I had the pleasure of meeting Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek who put together an astonishing exhibit: Doodles in Space. Both of them are currently students attending CSULB working towards their BFA in the Drawing and paint program. Juliana had a passion for drawing, but wasn’t serious about it in high school and didn’t view it as something she could build a career out of. It wasn’t until she went without art for a semester in college that she was able to realize how important it was to her. She mainly focuses on improving and gaining a solid foundation in art techniques. As for Tidawhitney, she has always loved art. Her parents weren’t able to afford the tools that she needed such as paint. She experienced and worked with painting more as she got to high school.
Their exhibition was covered all around with white and black different types of paper. They used other types of paper such as toilet seat covers to deck out the entire installation. On the walls, there were different types of ways it was incorporated: bunched up, crumpled, cut up, hanging from the ceiling, plastered from the walls, and so forth. It took them almost three days to finish.
Both of the artists got their inspiration from doodling on paper. This installation reflects their title due to the fact that everything was just kind of placed wherever. There were so certain spots, it seemed like everything was just put together. Black and white gave a simplistic feel to it, even though there were many things going on in this exhibit.
Upon walking into this gallery, I was shook. I didn’t know how else to react and I thought it was pretty neat how the whole exhibit was covered. Not a single space was missing. I am very fond about how they were able to assemble this installation with only black and white paper. It’s something very inexpensive and this is just a masterpiece. It honestly does live up to their name “doodles in space”. I believe it’s something everyone does.. whether it’s daydreaming or drawing it out in paper. I can only imagine this is what one would think of when their mind is just endlessly thinking of nonsense.
This week my friend Donovan and I got a chance to speak with Sarah! We chose to make it a 3 way conversation since it seems more fun that way. She’s from Chino hills and she currently lives with some room mates in Long Beach. Sarah currently has 2 jobs, working at in-n-out and a pie place. She’s a third year and dreams of studying abroad to Greece. Sometime soon, she’s going to visit her friend at Yale and they’re going to go to New York together just for fun. It was nice getting to know Sarah and I realized that we both have the urge to travel.
Carmina Correa & Vanessa Olivarez
Watercolor on canvas with Color Penciled outline
22″ x 27″
CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
There was a dog named ChowChow who lived with a family that always left him outside the house. They rarely saw him and most of the time he would be playing by himself. He was a curious dog who enjoyed exploring and eating odd food or objects. This one day, as usual, he was playing in the backyard and saw the side gate open. He ran outside as fast as he could, because in his eyes he saw freedom. Once he got outside he started to explore the streets, he ran into an alley with dumpsters and saw a can of green beans. He came over to inspect the green beans and of course, he ended up eating it. Soon enough, his stomach started to rumble, his paws got bigger and he got bigger by the second. Before you knew it, he was a giant dog overseeing the whole city. Everyone tried to run in the opposite direction of him in order to escape this beast. Yet, he was harmless, he had no idea what he was doing. He stomped all across town and every time he blinked, orange juice would come out of his eyes. This was all amusing to him, he continued to blind and the entire city drowned in orange juice.
For this week’s art project, I decided to go with Zine since I am not much of an artist. I didn’t think flip books would be something I would be able to accurately do. I had no idea what a Zine was until this week and after looking at some neat examples, I’ve decided to focus mine on the concept of ”de-stressing”. I realized that throughout this entire semester, or anytime when school comes around, I start to stress and I forget to take care of myself. I realized that in my free time, I try to catch up on my relaxation techniques and here are some of the few things I do in my spare time.
I definitely find that tea and face masks help a lot with de-stressing and having time to yourself. Some of these activities can be done throughout the day, even if it’s a break from doing your homework or whatever it is that is overwhelming you. I know these aren’t the best drawings, but the message is definitely there!
This week assignment was to draw on a Rives BFK and you need another partner in order to complete this assignment. I was confused as to what we were supposed to do at first, so my friend Tamnhi and I just kinda did what our heart had desired. We had the sheet in front of us and decided to close our eyes and draw what was on our mind. After reading the directions again, we realized we were supposed to be holding the utensil together and then draw, so we tried again and this is what had came out. It was truly something that was fun to do since our eyes were closed.